Liam Murphy Advances to 1500m Final on Friday
June 7, 2023 –
Day one of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Austin, TX featured the men competing. On the track Philly athletes competed in the final of the 10,000m, the semifinals of the 1500m, and the 800m. In the field there was one participant in the Pole Vault. In the1500m fellow Wildcat Liam Murphy qualified to run in the final. Running in the longest distance race Villanova’s Haftu Strintzos finished 19th.
Let’s take a look at each competition where a Philly school athlete participated.
In the semifinals Liam Murphy qualified to run for a national championship in this event. There were two heats with the top five in each heat the and the next best two times that would move on. Murphy qualified by finishing 4th in Heat 1 with a time of 3:39.82. Murphy had the best splits at the 100m mark at 1:00.56, and was best in the last 400 meters running a split of :54.08 to advance. Also running in this event was his Wildcats teammate Sean Donoghue who placed 9th in the heat covering the distance in 3:42.89. Donoghue did not qualify for the final. The best overall time in the semifinals was turned in by Joe Waskom of Washington who ran a time of 3:39.52.
Strintzos participated in the 24 runner event, the top twelve from each region. It is the third straight time he participated in this championship race. He covered the distance in 29:45.22. Strintzos started out in the back, but worked his way to the middle of the pack where he stayed until the 20-minute mark of the race. The best split for the Wildcat was at the 800 meter mark turning in a time of 1:05.15. He stayed to the outside for a clear path, but began to fade back, then lost contact with the leaders. Stanford went one-two in the race. Ky Robinson is the national champion getting to the finish line in 28:10.96. Charles Hicks finished in 28:12.20.
Sean Dolan of Villanova ran in the second heat of three where the top two finishers and the next three best times advance to the final. Dolan ran a 1:50.45 to place 7th in his heat and 20th overall. He ran a consistent race turning in splits of 55.20 after 400 meters, to be in third place, and 55.25 the last time around the track. Dolan will not qualify for the final. The top qualifier was Georgia’s Will Sumner who ran a personal best time of 1:46.00.
Scott Toney of Penn cleared 5.15m on his second vault, but went no higher. He finished in 22nd place in the event final.
Day One for the women’s events take place on Thursday.
Written By: Glenn Papazian